Cultural Heritage and Spectacle: Painted and Digital Panoramic Re-Presentations of Versailles
- Author(s): Thompson, Seth
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.5070/S5251029799
By comparing and contrasting two panoramic projects of Versailles, one being a painted panorama by John Vanderlyn (1775-1852) completed in 1819 and the other, part of Google’s World Wonders Project launched in 2012, this paper will examine the notion of heritage as a tangible entity, experiential consumable, and identity maker, and show how heritage sites and the panorama (both painted and digital) act as a spectacle that seeks to fulfill the needs and desires of its visitors to consume past and present cultural landscapes.